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Uluru Glow

Uluru Glow
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-07
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-12 8:34
Viewed: 4936
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For this shot I turned my back on the ordinary shot of Uluru at sunset and zoomed in rather than trying to get the whole rock in. This is a scanned slide.

The paler orange mark to the left of the tree (a Desert Oak [not related to oaks - actually a primitive conifer related to the cassurina] running to the top of the rock is the path to the top.

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 km (280 mi) by road. Kata Tjuja and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluru - Kata Tjuja National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.

Uluru is an inselberg, literally "island mountain", an isolated remnant left after the slow erosion of an original mountain range. Uluru is also often referred to as a monolith, although this is a somewhat ambiguous term because of its multiple meanings, and thus a word generally avoided by geologists. The remarkable feature of Uluru is its homogeneity and lack of jointing and parting at bedding surfaces, leading to the lack of development of scree slopes and soil. These characteristics led to its survival, while the surrounding rocks were eroded. For the purpose of mapping and describing the geological history of the area, geologists refer to the rock strata making up Uluru as the Mutitjulu Arkose, and it is one of many sedimentary formations filling the Amadeus Basin (see earler posting).

Uluru is dominantly composed of coarse grained arkose, a type of sandstone characterized by an abundance of feldspar, and some conglomerate - though when you get close to it, it looks rather like orange concrete. Average composition is 50% feldspar, 2535% quartz and up to 25% rock fragments; most feldspar is K-feldspar with only minor plagioclase as subrounded grains and highly altered inclusions within K-feldspar. The grains are typically 24 mm (0.080.16 in) in diameter, and are angular to subangular; the finer sandstone is well sorted, with sorting decreasing with increasing grain size. The rock fragments include subrounded basalt, invariably replaced to various degrees by chlorite and epidote. The minerals present suggest derivation from a predominantly granite source, similar to the Musgrave Block exposed to the south. When relatively fresh, the rock has a grey colour, but weathering of iron-bearing minerals by the process of oxidation gives the outer surface layer of rock a red-brown rusty colour. Features related to deposition of the sediment include cross-bedding and ripples, analysis of which indicated deposition from broad shallow high energy fluvial channels and sheet flooding, typical of alluvial fans.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-12 8:44]

Hi James,
an impressive sight, and it's interesting to see the detail of the water courses that have been carved down it's flanks over the ages. A nice composition too, the tree is well places to the side and adds some depth too.Beautiful colour.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-12 9:40]

Hello James,
Good way of showing Uluru, this famous Australian landmark: showing part of it in more detail. Excellent lighting that emphasises the ridges that transverse it and fine scan from 5 yrs ago.
Thanks for sharing this,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-12 9:52]

Hi James. Not the standard shot of the rock but this works for me. With the tree in the pictures it give an feel of size. rich colours .and good use of the light. well done Good notes too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-12 10:33]

It looks like an old crinkled paper bag!
Amazing colours that are very rich and vivid.
Great idea to crop in close.
Well done James.


You should see our living room. It is already rather small but now my wife has brought out all of her old textbooks from many years ago...and has been rereading much of the geology. We found some commons as per yesterday...as in the dust bowl time in OK and Texas...and now this one..Through you excellent recorded picture tour, through her an now on to me...we are buried in geology! I don't know what to do first..thank you or call for a maid~!

Hello James,
I was thinking about Namibia:-)
Most interesting content. I like the composition.
Well done

Hello James,
Very beautiful landscape with the golden sunset on the rock!
good clarity, vivid colour and so much details to enjoy!
also the wonderful notes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-12 18:46]

Hi James,
Another amazing shot, another amazing place. Fantastic rock formation and it actually does glow in the setting sunlight. Great perspective to portray it and the trees at the bottom gives adds much interest. I like your chosen POV and the superb composition. Kudos.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-12 19:54]

Hello James,
Beautifully captured, showing great detail and that marvelous lighting. Thanks for sharing and the great note Jmaes.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-12-12 22:34]

Hi James

I think it was a good idea to zoom in and to create a different picture from what we usually see. The composition with the tree on the right is fine and the colors are fabulous. I personally would even zoom in more or crop the picture in order to hide the sky, leaving only the foreground and the rock.

Kind regards


hello james,
lovely landscape shot, the earthen colours look so beautiful here, nice pov, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi James,
By being in this place, one must feel high energy running everywhere. What an interesting spot! I almost feel like looking at the picture from another planet :) Colors and composition are outstanding. Thanks for making me discovering another unusual part of this beautiful planet.

Hello James,
What a beautiful and wonderful scenery you've captured!!
It's very impressive to me. I know this rock in Australia just a little bit. :-)
You've captured with excellent details and nice composition & POV.
Also, I can see the very lovely and fantastic colours here.
Thanks for sharing your marvel photos.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-13 5:30]

Hello James,
Tell us a place where you haven't been!! This place has never tempted me as I would imagine there being masses of tourists, but I'm quite sure it's most impressive once you're there! I like your close view of the texture of the rock and the colour is fabulous. The only little tree fits very well here and you've place it nicely to the side. A fine composition!
Many thanks, also for the interesting note, Ulla

Hi James, splendid warm colors, great composition with amazing rock and wonderful tree, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi James,
You are a master of desert and desert-like landscapes! It is simply great! Fantastic colours, sharpness and panoramic POV. At first I was thinking that it was taken somewhere in Africa :)
Very good work!
Friendly yours,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-13 19:27]

Hello James

Just marking the post


Hi James,
A very nice capture of this sandstone rock. You have composed it very well with nice colors and ofcourse it looks like glowing. Good and informative notes. Thankyou very much for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-17 5:13]

Hi James,
Light, colors, and composition are lovely. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi James
An unusual image of the famous Ayers Rock.

The colours are bursting out of the frame, and the image looks more like a painting from Van Gogh than a photograph. This is meant to be a compliment!!


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